Police Reports: February 3 to February 11, 2014

Published on Wed, Feb 12, 2014
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February 3, 2 p.m.: A man came into the station to report that an acquaintance was refusing to return a car that he had borrowed from the victim. Police were able to contact the suspect. She knew there was a warrant outstanding against her in another matter so she declined to meet an officer in person, but over the phone she explained where the car was abandoned. A neighboring agency followed the directions and its owner was notified. A case report for taking a motor vehicle without owner’s permission has been forwarded to the prosecutor.

February 3, 4:04 p.m.: A resident came into the station to report she had parked in her driveway a couple of days ago and found someone had struck the back of her vehicle. An officer investigated and contacted the neighbor, who lives directly across from the victim. It turned out the neighbor had accidently struck the rear of her vehicle that morning as he was backing out to go to work, and had thought he had not damaged her car.

February 3, 4:12 p.m.: A resident on E Street contacted police to report that someone had spray painted parts of her truck while it was parked on the road in front of her house overnight. The vandalism is under investigation.

February 4: 2:58 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a report of a suspicious person walking around an abandoned residence. Officers checked the area around two abandoned homes in the area but could not locate anyone on foot in the vicinity.

February 5, 9:13 a.m.: An officer on patrol recognized a passing motorist as someone whose driving privileges were suspended. He confirmed that the suspension was still in effect, then stopped the vehicle and arrested the 19-year-old. The man was released after processing and his borrowed car was impounded. The family member who loaned him the car knew his driving status, and she is being cited by summons for permitting the car’s illegal operation.

February 5, 3:20 p.m.: A woman called to request a welfare check on a neighbor as the fire alarm had been sounding inside the apartment for several hours. Police arrived and found the property owners on scene as well. They all entered the apartment together find it secure. No one was at home so the owners set about repairing the alarm while an officer located the apartment’s resident and notified them of the police visit.

February 5, 5:05 p.m.: The sheriff’s office asked Blaine police to assist their lone deputy who was responding to a residence outside the city limits where two men were having a fist fight. The calling party had reported that one of the participants was armed with a handgun. The arriving officers and deputy found the gun had not played a part in the fight. It was just riding on the man’s hip when he was knocked to the ground by a punch. Blaine officers remained until the deputy no longer needed assistance.

February 7, 11:13 a.m.: While working a school resource detail, an officer learned that a pink “Razor” brand scooter had been abandoned at the school about a month earlier. Police impounded it for safekeeping until the owner comes forward to claim it.

February 7, 10:02 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a first report of a man kicking and abusing a dog, and then a second report saying that a man had released his dog to attack another canine. Officers searched the area and located a suspect. He initially denied any knowledge of the incidents, although his dog had fresh injuries. Officers took statements from all parties and photographed injuries to two dogs. A report was filed with the city prosecutor for a review of criminal charges.

February 8, 8:46 a.m.: A resident called to report that a storage shed on his property had been burglarized some time in the past week. Several hundred dollars in power tools were stolen in the crime. Police are investigating.

February 8, 9:02 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a Blaine business on another complaint regarding an ongoing littering problem. An officer contacted the owner, who advised that he is trying to get the garbage issue under control. A case report is being prepared for the city prosecutor.

February 9, 1 p.m.: A commercial driver reported that he left two trucks in a parking lot overnight, and when he came back the next morning he discovered 250 gallons of diesel fuel had been stolen from the tanks on the vehicles. The complaint is under investigation.

February 9, 6:50 p.m.: A resident on 9th Street called police to report someone had cut one of his vehicle’s tires while it was parked outside his residence. An officer responded and investigated the vandalism.

February 9, 10:22 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a business after a person attempted to purchase fuel with a counterfeit $50 bill. The employee took the bill and received another form of payment for the fuel. An officer took the bill into custody and sent it to the secret service.

February 10, 8:10 a.m.: A government agency called police to report the loss of a license plate from the front of one of their fleet vehicles. A report was completed and a case number issued to the agency.

February 10, 8:02 a.m.: A resident in the lettered streets neighborhood called to report graffiti painted on a fence along a nearby alleyway. An officer was dispatched to check the damage and arrange with the property owner for its repair.

February 10, 11:33 a.m.: A business owner called to report that an individual pumped $45 worth of gas into their vehicle and 
left without paying for it. Cameras at the station recorded the vehicle’s license number and an officer is investigating.

February 10, 11:45 a.m.: A resident on E Street reported ongoing problems with litter and parking problems. Untended garbage from businesses across an adjacent alley was finding its way onto the homeowner’s property and he is forced to clean up the mess. Large commercial trucks servicing the businesses reportedly park blocking the alley to unload merchandise as well. Officers are working with code enforcement on the matter.

February 10, 4:46 p.m.: Police responded to assist the Blaine Post Office with an activated alarm. An officer contacted the mother of a three-year-old boy who became curious about a bright red lever on the wall within reach, and pulled on the handle. A fire crew responded and reset the alarm system.

February 11, 2:24 a.m.: Officers responded to a vehicle prowl complaint on A Street, and border patrol agents in the area spotted a suspect running from the scene. The suspect jumped fences and ran through several yards while being tracked by police and agents. The pursuit ended when a homeowner, flashlight in one hand and gun in the other, checked on a noise in his backyard and found the suspect hiding there. Faced with the armed homeowner the suspect suddenly decided the approaching police were his best friends. He was taken to jail on multiple charges and given a jumpsuit to replace the pants he had ruined during the backyard showdown.

February 11, 12:12 p.m.: A resident on Cedar Street called to report that a man was trespassing on his property. The suspect had been given a trespass warning by Blaine police just a few days prior. He was arrested and booked in to jail.

February 11, 1:45 p.m.: A resident called to inquire about a “No Trespass” letter that one of their family members had received from a property owner in Blaine. The resident was concerned that the letter stated that police would receive a copy of the letter and would enforce its terms. An officer explained the process police followed in such matters and recommended that the resident contact the property owner for additional information.

February 11, 11:35 p.m.: A concerned resident called police to report her recycling bins went missing. An officer went out to the residence to investigate, and found the bins on the other side of a parked car. Case closed.